February 4 agenda: Object Rotterdam

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Thursday's selection: two major events in art and design in Rotterdam while the leading toy fair opens in Nuremberg, as does an El Greco exhibition in Brussels, among other events.

World Cancer Day
February 4

The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and Word Health Organization (WHO) will promote their new initiative "Cancer can be prevented too" on February 4. Both organizations are working to build greater awareness and show how health behaviors can decrease cancer susceptibility. http://www.worldcancercampaign.org/


Object and Art Rotterdam
February 4-7
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Art Rotterdam is the annual art fair in the Netherlands while Object Rotterdam shows are the latest developments in unique or limited-edition functional objects from international designers. Both events attract an international audience of art and design collectors and professionals from the world.



Nuremberg Toy Fair
February 4-9
Nuremberg, Germany

The International Toy Fair is the world's leading fair for toys, hobby and leisure-time items. The fair, which is open exclusively to the specialist trade, is the perfect communication and order platform for both national and international manufacturers as well as specialist traders and buyers from around the globe. The presentation of new products and comprehensive overview of the industry which it provides make up an indispensable source of information for annual market orientation.


Santa Barbara International Film Festival

February 4 - 11
Santa Barbara, USA

The 25th anniversary of the festival celebrates with several tributes including James Cameron who receives the Modern Master Award, Kathryn Bigelow ( The Hurt Locker), actors including Julianne Moore, Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, and Gabourey Sidibe. The festival opens its program of screenings with the premiere of actor Derek Magyar's Flying Lessons starring Golden Globe Award winner Christine Lahti, Cary Elwes ( A Christmas Carol), and veteran actor Hal Holbrook.


El Greco exhibition
February 4 - May 9
Brussels, Belgium

The Fine Arts Museum of Brussels presents an exhibition on the European career of Domenikos Theotocopoulos (1541-1614), better known as El Greco, from Crete - his birthplace - to Toledo in Spain via Italy. The various countries that the painter travelled through had a deep influence on his art and helped shape his eye and technique, giving birth to one of the most important masters of western art.